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52 #44

Posted: Friday, March 9, 2007
By: John Hays



Writers: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
Artists: Keith Giffen (breakdowns); Eddy Barrows (p), Dan Green, Rodney Ramos, Eddy Barrows (i)

Publisher: DC Comics


The Plot Tease: Black Marvels vs. the Four Horsemen: Round one! Renee is forced to ask the Question!

The Heroes: The Black Marvel family? It feels strange labeling them heroes, but there ya go. Youíve got to give them credit; they take down three out of the four Horsemen pretty quickly (well, Black Adam does, Isis just tries not to die too quickly). Isisís death is foreshadowed several times, first on the cover and then again when Black Adam is thrown into the statue of his first wife, taking its head off. Itís tragic how the horsemen torture Black Adam with the story of his first familyís demise as a precursor to his new familyís demise.

As I predicted many weeks ago, this story was bound to have a sad conclusion, and now we have seen it. I shudder to think where weíll go from here. Itís disappointing that Isis turns on humanity just before dying, thereby pushing Black Adam back to his evil ways. Seems rather forced to me.

Renee: Not much to say here. Further proof is provided that Renee is the new Question, but what type of Question will she be?

The Villains: The Horsemen: Rather pathetic for all the buildup. I mean, Black Adam takes out three of them in one issue? I suppose itís interesting that Death is still out there, but I still feel quite let down by the Oolong Island storyline if this is all itís added up to. By the way, what kind of machine has tears and blood like Sobek does?

The art team: Quite a let down after last week. One would think that great jobs by folks like Dan Jurgens would show the editors the value of having top notch talent working on such a large scale project.

Short review this week because thereís not much to say. This issue was a big simplistic fight. When more happens in an issue, Iíll write about it!

The Resolution: Will Black Adam find Death?

Will Renee embrace her new role?

We can only hope that these and other questions will be addressed in the upcoming installments of 52!

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